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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Switch Gears in Austin


5. Oddball Day

Take a refreshing afternoon dip at Barton Springs.   

Lock up your wheels and be lazy. Start with a heaping breakfast platter of chilaquiles verdes ($5) or migas ($5) at downtown’s El Sol Y Luna before popping over to grab a few complimentary cupcakes at Kristin Bolling’s kooky and haute design shop, IF+D Austin, where you can also score some boxy Singgih Kartono wooden radios ($200) and a couple of grenade-shaped neoprene shopping bags ($16). At midday cool off at Barton Springs , a three-acre pool in Zilker Park fed by underground springs that are about 68 degrees year-round. Get dinner at your seat at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, where waiters will bring you another beer mid-movie. Finally, no Austin trip would be complete without some live music, so throw back a few Lone Stars on the back patio of the Mean Eyed Cat, a derelict Johnny Cash–tribute dive where a different band plays every night but Friday.

Published on Aug 13, 2009 as a web exclusive.

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